PULSE ART FAIR | MIAMI

Natascha pen tattoos Nicole at Pulse Miami 2011

Natascha pen tattoos Nicole at Pulse Miami 2011

Natascha pen tattoos Hilary at Pulse Miami 2011

Natascha pen tattoos Hilary at Pulse Miami 2011

SOLO PRESENTATION & PERFORMANCES – photography, works-on-paper, pen tattoos, photo studio (works from Complete Burning Away) | December 1 – 4, 2011 | Wagner + Partner, Booth Impulse 1–105

Thankyou for your amazing presence at PULSE Miami! Everyone had a Stellmach tattoo at the end of the art fair. Staff, patrons, exhibitors, everyone! What a beautiful community action you brought to us! Cornell Dewitt, Director PULSE Miami | New York

Hannah wearing Varookamcsalt , Southern USA, ink on photo rag, 40 x 60cm, 2012

Hannah wearing Varookamcsalt, Southern USA, 2011

PEN TATTOO PERFORMANCES

Informed by the controversy around her major project with the ashes of Kurt Cobain, the “tattooed” statements critique the role of the artist and contemporary art in society. Art Fair visitors were invited to choose one of the countless responses to Stellmach’s project, but only from a pool of responses which debated “art”. This was then written onto their skin by the artist.

Agent provocateurs were traditionally “secret agents” employed to lure suspects into committing a crime with evidence. In this context the visitor is transformed into an agent provocateur for a night – a ‘durational work’ questioning the merits, ethics and parameters of contemporary art. The tattoos become both a fashion accessory – with Stellmach tattooing to complement “the evening’s antics and outfit” – as well as a positive transformation of the author’s initial, often highly-charged sentiment. People of all ages queued to have their own temporary text-based tattoo, which lasted between one to three days.

Press Release

Natascha Stellmach, Installation view (detail) with visitor at Pulse Miami 2011

Installation view (detail) with visitor and unique works at Pulse Miami 2011

Natascha Stellmach, Installation view, Media Whore, 2010, hand-bound artist book, 440 pages, digital printing on paper, ribbon, faux leather, 16 x 13 x 6 cm on shelf made from band posters

Installation view, Media Whore, 2010, hand-bound artist book, 440 pages, digital printing on paper, ribbon, faux leather, Ed 3 + 2AP, 16 x 13 x 6 cm on shelf made from band posters

Installation view, "Rape Me", 2010, calf-leather hand-bound artist book: pen, pencil, texta, crayon on 300 pages (drawn on the published diaries of Kurt Cobain), 28 x 22 x 6cm, unique piece, on shelf made from band posters

Installation view, “Rape Me”, 2010, calf-leather hand-bound artist book: pen, pencil, texta, crayon on 300 pages (drawn on the published diaries of Kurt Cobain), 28 x 22 x 6cm, unique, on shelf made from band posters

Natascha Stellmach, Danny wearing Juxtapoz, San Francisco, 2011

Danny wearing Juxtapoz, San Francisco, 2011

Stellmach, Lucy wearing Cordelia, India, 2011

Lucy wearing Cordelia, India, 2011

Susan wearing tiewee, Murder Valley, USA, 2011

Susan wearing tiewee, Murder Valley, USA, 2011

Natascha Stellmach, Christina wearing gibsongeek93, USA, 2011

Christina wearing gibsongeek93, USA, 2011

Natascha Stellmach, Scott Wearing Robzilla, Elgin, IL, USA, 2011

Scott Wearing Robzilla, Elgin, IL, USA, 2011

Natascha Stellmach, Shari wearing Svenska Larm, Stockholm, Sweden, 2011

Shari wearing Svenska Larm, Stockholm, Sweden, 2011

Natascha Stellmach, Maria Wearing mutika, Hungary, 2011

Maria Wearing mutika, Hungary, 2011

Natascha Stellmach, Teddy wearing Uncle Eccoli, USA, 2011

Teddy wearing Uncle Eccoli, USA, 2011

Natascha Stellmach, Marlene wearing Uncle Eccoli, USA, 2011

Marlene wearing Uncle Eccoli, USA, 2011

Natascha Stellmach, Hilary wearing Gibsongeek93, USA, 2011

Hilary wearing Gibsongeek93, USA, 2011

David wearing The Walrus, Iceland, 2011

David wearing The Walrus, Iceland, 2011

Natascha Stellmach, Cornell wearing Lucky Jarmes, Arlington, VA, USA, 2011

Cornell wearing Lucky Jarmes, Arlington, VA, USA, 2011

Natascha Stellmach, Mike Wearing Andre Haas, Sweden, 2011

Mike Wearing Andre Haas, Sweden, 2011

 

 

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